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How to compare moving quotes?

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You need to move home, an apartment or an office, and you have collected prices for moving services from three different companies. After a few hours of work on the phone, and maybe even after a few minutes, you have quotes for viewing and comparing. Unfortunately, there is no standardization of terminology or rates. None of them looks the same, and you do not know how to compare moving quotes. Disappointed, confused and without enough time, you can just blindly choose what seems to be the least expensive bet.

What to do with the quotes: How to compare

You did what you thought was right by choosing a moving company that presented the least expensive quota to handle your move. What’s the difference? They simply pack your things and move them, and sometimes unpack them. It sounds simple, right? Well, you cannot be more wrong about that.

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Well, it’s not that easy to compare moving quotes

When you get all the binding estimates, it is time to compare the details of each proposed quotation or moving contract. Here are the things that you need to look at carefully:

  1. The name of the company itself – Make sure to check for how long the company has been in business, and if they have enough experience.
  2. What’s included in the package? – Most companies include basic services such as loading, transporting, unloading and even unpacking. Some companies charge extra for packing services and packaging materials such as boxes and equipment for transportation, while others offer them for free.
  3. What additional costs can you incur? – Call each company about possible additional costs and record the prices for these services. In addition to this, take the opportunity to ask them about the services they offer for free.
  4. Check the liability and insurance policies and packages – If something breaks during the move, you want to be sure that your movers will cover it.
  5. Check their refund policy – Ask each company about their current return policy. If you need to postpone the date or even cancel the move, will you have to pay something? Will they return any initial deposits?
  6. Start comparing moving quotes – Study them carefully and always for an on-site estimate.

Guide to compare moving quotes

Given the complete lack of standardization regarding quotes, terminology, etc., the consumers have few resources left to help them evaluate and select a moving company. That is why we believe it is important for you to understand how to evaluate the range of very different prices that you get for the same basic services. We want you to understand how to compare apples with apples, not apples with oranges. And, also to protect you and your property and provide the full range of services you expect. Below is a guide to deciphering the terminology that you will see, as well as what you will not see in the quote. Review and use this guide to understand your moving estimate Orlando, as well as compare it with other competitive quotes.

How to evaluate a residential moving quote

To begin, make sure the moving company has checked all aspects of your move, be it a walkthrough or a telephone, to make sure that the offer is accurate. Items to search:

  • The transport company must request the conditions of your move. For example, flights of stairs, elevators, if the truck can park within 100 feet at the points of departure and destination, postal codes at the points of departure and destination, etc. Moving conditions determine the price! When you buy a moving service Orlando, you buy time and experience.
  • If given an hourly offer, get a limit on work – must not exceed X hours.
  • The quote must include your name, carrier name, points of departure and destination. And the amount of the carrier’s liability limitation for loss or damage to your property. By law, the quote must have a valid DMV certificate number of a moving company.
  • Together with the quote should be a brochure “Your rights and obligations when moving to Florida“. This brochure is published by DMV. And their rules require that consumers get a brochure with a quote.
  • If the price is listed on the item being moved, rather than by the hour, then review the inventory specified in the offer and make sure that it lists all the items you want to move.
  • Often compared quotes do not contain identical lists of items (apples to oranges)
  • Make sure that the quote includes disassembling and assembling relevant items such as beds, headboards, steps, dresser mirrors, etc.
  • Contact one or more consultants and the local Better Business Bureau to ensure that the company’s reputation is stable.
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Always make sure that your moving company is a legal business

Warning signs should appear if the following items are missing:

  1. DMV Certificate Number. If it is not there, it may mean that they are not registered with the DMV and do not comply with the rules.
  2. Written quote (not only oral)
  3. A DMV brochure titled “Your rights and responsibilities when moving to Florida”
  4. Standing of the company with Better Business Bureau
  5. References

How to evaluate a commercial moving quote

  • Make sure that the shipping company has the insurance certificate necessary to move in your building. Most homeowners do not carry this type of insurance.
  • Make sure the Florida moving company is an approved supplier of your property management company.
  • Does the quote include boxes, labels, and a labeling system, as well as prior coordination before the move?
  • If the price is listed on the item being moved, rather than by the hour, review the inventory specified in the offer and make sure that it lists all the items you want to move.
  • Often compared quotes do not contain identical lists of items. You need to check that before you compare moving quotes
  • If given an hourly offer, get a limit on work – must not exceed X hours. Ensure that the quote includes disassembling and assembling relevant items such as tables, bookcases, shop windows, etc.
  • Contact one or more consultants and the local Better Business Bureau to ensure that the company’s reputation is stable.

Warning signs should appear if the following items are missing:

  1. Written quote (not only oral)
  2. Sample Insurance Certificate
  3. The company’s stands in the Better Business Bureau.
  4. List of references
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Make sure that you check all the papers

The essence

In fact, real profit is not the total value of the offers you received on moving and storage Orlando FL. The few minutes you spend to compare moving quotes will surely pay off, ensuring that you get all the services you need and do not threaten to be cheated. You should make moving your home, apartment or your office as painless as possible!

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